Eighth Air Force. Eighth Air Force heavy bombers are scheduled
to participate in United States First Army offensive (Operation
COBRA) to penetrate German defences West of Saint-Lo and secure
Coutances. Bad weather causes the ground forces to delay attack
until next day, and cloud conditions cause 1,102 heavy bomber
aborts. In all, 352 heavy bombers attack primary target area
near Saint-Lo, and 132 bomb other points, including road intersections
and railway lines. 405 fighters of 10 groups fly support sorties.
Later 3 of the P-47 Thunderbolt fighters groups strafe ground
targets. 3 fighters and 3 bombers are lost.
Ninth Air Force. 11 groups of bombers scheduled to participate
in Operation COBRA have missions cancelled due to weather.
5 groups of medium bombers hit rail bridges and 5 groups of
medium bombers and light bombers strike 3 fuel and ammunition
dumps. Fighters fly escort to IX Bomber Command, fly area
cover, bomb installations in Laval Nantes Le Mans Chartres
areas, and hit bridges and supply dumps in support of United
States First Army.
Twelfth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) medium
bombers attack bridges at Chivasso, Peschiera del Garda, Imperia,
and Ronco Scrivia, and viaduct at Ovada. A-20 Havoc light
bombers hit ammunition supplies while fighter-bombers attack
rail lines in Po Valley, destroying and damaging numerous
railway cars, as United States Fifth Army begins regrouping
along the Arno.
Fifteenth Air Force. Nearly 200 United States Army Air Force
(USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and B-24 Liberator
heavy bombers attack tank repair and ball bearing works in
Turin, the harbour at Genoa, airfields at Valence, La Tresorerie
and Les Chanoines, and troop concentrations at Sjenica, Prijepolje,
Pljevlja, and Andrijevica. Fighters provide escort and strafe
Tenth Air Force. 14 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-51
Mustang fighter-bombers hit Kamaing and Mogaung areas while
28 P-40 fighters hit Myitkyina. 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers
bomb Mohnyin and Naungtalaw.
Fourteenth Air Force. 13 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 20 P-40 fighters bomb railroad
facilities at Sienning. 22 P-40 fighters pound Pailochi airfield,
destroying about 30 aeroplanes and causing heavy destruction
in general. 9 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and 20 P-40 fighters
hit town of Puchi, causing several fires. 46 P-40 fighters
hit river and road traffic, enemy concentrations, and targets
at Changsha, Sinshih, Fulinpu, Hengshan, Liling, Leiyang,
and Hengyang. In Canton area 7 P-51 Mustang fighter-bombers
dive-bomb White Cloud airfield and town of Tsingyun. 3 P-40
fighters on armed reconnaissance bomb Ben Thuy railroad yards
and strafe junks and barges in coastal areas.
Far East Air Force (FEAF). Operations in the
Caroline Islands are restricted to snooper strikes by heavy
bombers. Bad weather cancels scheduled strikes in Vogelkop
Peninsula area. B-24 Liberator heavy bombers bomb antiaircraft
positions at Saumlakki. 18 A-20 Havoc light bombers and a
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb But airfield, P-47 Thunderbolt
fighters hit supply areas at Sauri, and P-39 fighters bomb
and strafe bridges and supply dumps in Suain area.
Seventh Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) P-47
Thunderbolt fighters hit Tinian, on which United States Marines
land, and Rota. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers from Engebi bomb
Eleventh Air Force. 2 United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
B-25 Mitchell medium bombers fly a negative shipping search.
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